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I was really impressed by this gem of a movie and had a hunch it was done on a limited budget, despite the quality and effort clearly put into it. So I did some research. It was shot on $12M. At first that seemed like a fair sum to me (though not huge obviously) so I was a little surprised. Then I thought again - Many stars in this film have commanded a $12M salary on their own for just one picture. Clearly this was a labor of love by people who thought it should be made.
Seriously- Olivia Wilde - Kate Mara - Eric Bana - Sissy Spacek - Kris Kristofferson and others lead a tremendous cast.
PLOT: In the dead of winter not far from the Canadian border, A brother and sister (from a broken home in the south we learn) have just robbed an Indian Casino and are fleeing the law trying to reach Canada. The movie opens after the robbery and the fugitives are traveling down an icy rural highway. When their car skids and crashes in the deep snow, their plight becomes a matter of survival... for both them and the people they encounter (the brother is a cold-blooded killer). But that's just the beginning. It becomes apparent that something is seriously off with these two who are a little more than just brother and sister. Yeah, it's a little twisted. Other local families will become ensnared in their troubles including a disgraced boxer and the daughter of the local police cheif who struggles for her father's approval. For an action thriller, there are ALL KINDS of relationship dysfunction and depth of character. This only adds to the tension. In lesser hands, this movie is the kind of thing that results in a complete cinematic disaster.Read more ›
The blizzard backdrop heightens the movie's chill factor, but it's the actors who provide the film's foundation. Eric Bana gives a chilling portrayal as the cold-blooded killer who still manages to elicit a guarded level of empathy. Talented Olivia Wilde is both seductive and fragile as Liza, Bana's victimized sister. SONS OF ANARCHY's Charlie Hunnam is the boxer Jay and gives a solid performance. The roles of the parents are filled by veteran actors Sissy Spacek (who is wonderful), Kris Kristofferson and Treat Williams.
Despite its flaws, I recommend DEADFALL especially for viewers who like their thrillers with a little complexity.
What's really noticeable was the family dynamic (brother-sister; father-son; daughter-father) and their own personal issues that I found interesting to watch. Addison's not letting go of his sister, Chet's silence treatment and unforgiving of his son, and Becker's mistreatment (or "overprotective") of his daughter. These aspects of the film that I thought was pretty good, but the rest seemed to be okay in terms of action/sex/chill scenes.
Overall, it's a good film to watch.
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A really bad movie, especially considering the quality of the cast. Find something better. Only didnt give it 1 star, because the beginning of the movie was interesting.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
I admit that the #1 reason I picked up this flick was because it starred Olivia Wilde. What I didn't know was that it also stars Kata Mara. So, I get 2(! Read morePublished 1 month ago by D. Roberts
Came very fast I've seen this movie and ordered for two reasons Charlie hunnam is in this movie and second it's a really good movie if your into suspence movies this is for you I... Read morePublished 1 month ago by christina meadows
One of the best I have seen in a long time. I loved everything except the ending lol..Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This was a Prime Recommended movie and they were right on, enjoyed the triller.Published 2 months ago by Orphan